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MANUAL FOR THE INTEGRATION OF CHILD CARE PRACTICES AND MENTAL HEALTH INTO NUTRITION PROGRAMS

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ACF produced this technical guideline to support missions and partners in the development of programs who integrates Mental Health and Child Care Practices within nutrition. This technical guide offers a set of concrete actions and practical orientations to enhance the necessity of combining prevention and treatment of severe malnutrition with mental health and child care practices. The most basic child care practices program forms an integral part of malnutrition treatment, in which attitudes, words, organization and implementation of specific programs all come into play at each step.

Everyone must apply these practices in the Therapeutic Feeding Centre (TFCs) whether it is during the admission stage, playtime or mealtime, or even during outpatient treatment. The same applies to patients’ wellbeing, health and recovery!

This allows nutrition program experts to implement child care practices through simple actions. This manual is designed as a tool-kit to provide you with the key steps on how-to-do-it.

The fact sheets on each topic have the same structure, as follows:

Remember: the main points on the topic covered in the fact sheet.

Understand: few basic theoretical points and concrete explanations allowing you to understand in what way mental health and child care practices are essential in the area covered by the fact sheet.

Implement: Practical information on how to implement child care practices within the topic covered.

Some fact sheets are accompanied by appendices that illustrate or supplement all these points.

You will also find links to websites that provide further information on specific topics.

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